Table of Contents

Spring 2009

From The Editor

Letter from Jack Getze

Short Stories

Patrick Whittaker


Anthony Rainone

Fall to Pieces

Phil Beloin

Late, After Dinner

Jake Nantz

Midnight on the Links

Stephen D. Rogers

Queen Anne's Lace

Mike Sheeter

Blue Fugazzi

David Moss

The Sleepy Pines Nursing Home

Fiona Kay Crawford

Successful Surgeon

Graham Powell

The Ins and Outs

John Towler

The Fall

Damien Seaman

Thursday Night Blowout

Matthew Acheson

Writing on the Wall


Sandra Ruttan with Russel D. McLean

Declan Burke with Brian McGilloway

Jim Napier with Phyllis Smallman

Brian Lindenmuth with Craig McDonald

Reviews by:

P.A. Brown

Mexican Heat

Gloria Feit

Friend of the Devil

Theodore Feit

Death Was in the Picture

A Beautiful Place to Die

Night and Day

Claire McManus

The Hanged Man

The Poisoner of Ptah

My Sister, My Love

The Cruelest Month

Jim Winter

Trigger City

The Fourth Victim


Bookspot Review Roundup

Book Excerpt

The Big O
by Declan Burke

Featured Article

Passing of the Torch - Celebrated crime novelist dies
by Jim Napier

Night and Day

Sex plays a prominent role in the various themes running though this latest
Jesse Stone novel.  Jesse, the Chief of Police of Paradise, Massachusetts, is confronted with three situations, not to mention his own personal mystery concerning his feelings for his ex-wife.  He has to analyze and solve each of them in his own way.
First of all, there is the matter of the school principal who gathers all the girls in the locker room to inspect their underclothing, leading to a parental uproar.  The principal is married to the managing partner of Boston's largest law firm, with political connections, so Jesse is hamstrung in his efforts to take any action against her.  Then there is the wife-swapping swingers club, an activity that breaks no laws.  However, the child of one of the couples informs Jesse of the effect on her and her brother, asking him to help her in some way.
Then there is the voyeur who calls himself the Night Hawk (no relation to Hawk of the Spenser series, thankfully)  Soon, peeping in people's windows isn't a sufficient thrill and he begins invading homes and forcing women to undress so he can photograph them.  The peeping began at night but the escalation starts in the day, giving rise to the title of the book.
Written in Parker's terse style of short sentences and chapters, with the usual smart-witted language, the book is a joy to read.  And each solution to a problem is ingeniously worthy of a shrewd Chief, no less a very talented author.  Jesse comes up with an original and fitting plan for each of his problems.  As usual, the sparkling dialogue of the master keeps the reader engaged and amused.  Highly recommended.

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